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Paris moves proposed car ban to 2024

According to new updates from Paris, the proposed car ban in the center of the city will now go into effect in 2024, two years more than earlier planned.

Parisians had been preparing to give up their cars to comply with a proposed ban on private automobiles that would have started this year, but an announcement has given them two more years to make use of their assets.

City mayor Anne Hildalgo announced the original ban last year, but the officials are now hoping to see it in action before it hosts the 2024 Olympic Games.

Paris is creating a tranquil zone in the center of the city, focusing on the first four arrondissements. It also includes the cities on the Seine river. It will “concern the Paris Center arrondissement, as well as the part of the 5th, 6th and 7th arrondissements north of Boulevard St Germain. The area will thus be delimited by the Place de la Concorde to the west, the Grands Boulevards to the north (Bd des Italiens, Saint-Denis, Saint-Martin, du Temple, Beaumarchais), the Place de la Bastille, the Bd Bourdon to east, then Bd Saint Germain to the south,” according to Google translation of the city’s official announcement.

The ban will be enforced in the zone outlined through randomized checks of vehicles going out of the area by the municipal police. Paris hopes to deploy tech solutions that can automatically carry out the checks. However, Paris is not banning all private vehicles as it will only target through-traffic, responsible for about 50 percent of vehicular traffic in the city. Vehicles doing deliveries will still be allowed in, and people living outside the area are still permitted to drive in to visit or do business in the shops, theaters, or other entertainment facilities. Vehicles used in law enforcement will also be allowed through, in addition to public transport automobiles. Only vehicles without visible branding will be subject to checks in the tranquil zone.

According to Bloomberg, this ban will remove more than 100,000 cars from Parisian roads daily. However, scooters are not affected.

City authorities hope to achieve multiple aims, including reducing air and noise pollution and congestion. The mayor has been pushing for a less car-centric city and more cycle-friendly. She has overseen the creation of over 100 miles of additional bike paths in the city. Cars have also been banned from some highways in the city.

The plan also seeks to make the streets more welcoming to residents where they can meet, chat, and the youngsters can safely play.

However, the transition to a bicycle-friendly metropolis has not been without hitches. Many residents have reported that some cyclists are not following road rules. Some of the new biking paths have also been criticized for having bad layouts that discourage cyclists from obeying the rules.

According to the deputy mayor, despite the problems, the city transformation enjoys support. He tweeted that 78 percent of respondents during a public consultation favored the changes.

Written by HackerVibes

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